Baseball Travels to Duke Looking for First ACC Wins
March 28, 2013
Durham, N.C. - The Boston College baseball team travels to Duke to take on the Blue Devils in a three-game, Atlantic Coast Conference series. The Eagles (3-19, 0-8 ACC) are looking for their first ACC wins after dropping a doubleheader to top-ranked North Carolina last weekend and three-game sets to ninth-ranked Georgia Tech and fifth-ranked FSU.
Earlier in the week, BC lost a close, 4-2 game to crosstown-rival Northeastern after a ninth-inning rally fell short and fell, 13-2, at Bryant.
The Blue Devils (12-13, 3-6 ACC) are coming off a road series at Clemson, where they earned a 13-1 victory on Sunday, but lost the first two games, 7-0 and 8-4. Duke's other two conference wins came at No. 24 Miami. On Tuesday, it dropped a 6-3 decision to Campbell but on Wednesday, Duke came back to defeat North Carolina A&T, 15-1, on Wednesday.
BC holds a 13-8 advantage over Duke since 2006, when the Eagles joined the ACC. The Eagles are 6-3 in Durham, which includes a sweep in 2007. They also swept the Blue Devils at home the following season.
Last year, Duke took 2-of-3 from BC in Chestnut Hill to end the 2012 season. On Thursday, the Eagles tallied a 7-4 loss to Duke after taking an early 2-0 advantage, but a three-run homer gave the Blue Devils the lead, which they did not relinquish. Current sophomore INF Blake Butera went 2-for-4 at the plate. Senior RHP Hunter Gordon shouldered the loss, going six innings and allowing eight hits and six runs. He retired eight straight after allowing a single to start the game and 14 of 15 through the first five innings. In game two, Duke took a 4-1 victory as BC's lone run came on a lead-off solo shot by current senior C Matt Paré, going 2-for-4 on the day. Junior RHP Eric Stevens shouldered the loss for BC, pitching 3.2 innings, allowing five hits, four run and three walks. The Eagles got the win to finish the season, a 14-2 victory. Kyle Prohovich got the win, going the first five innings, allowing just three hits, two runs - both unearned - three walks, and he struck out four. Graduate student LHP Nate Bayuk pitched two innings and did not allow a hit, run or walk. He struck out three.
BC started the 2013 ACC slate with three straight road series against top-10 conference opponents. The Eagles will have traveled close to 12,700 miles before playing in the friendly confides of Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. They will have been on the road for the first 26 games of the season. BC will look to April 3 as the home opener against Harvard. BC also played the first seven weekends on the road. The Eagles will take on Clemson for a weekend series on April 5.
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